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Goddess attacking demons, Rajasthan, Malwa, 1640 (Allahabad, Municipal Museum)

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Goddess attacking demons, Rajasthan, Malwa, 1640 (Allahabad, Municipal Museum)
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Central India: Malwa & Bundelkhand
paintings
miniatures
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Description: The painting has the expressive distortion of forms typical of the indigenous tradition. The many-armed goddess, waving a variety of weapons and symbols, charges her enemies astride a white lion. The many arms of the goddess emphasize her power, and the dramatic elongation of the lion conveys a sense of its fleetness. The hideous demons, portrayed in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours, are set like paper dolls in disarray against a dark green background. The rocks or hills on the left are stylized in a manner reminiscent of Van Gogh, adding to the emotional intensity of the scene.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/188193
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-3242

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